Porto's Fernando hopeful of Seleção call up
FC Porto's Fernando has admitted that he is hoping for a call up to the Seleção under new boss Felipe Luiz Scolari.
The midfielder says he checks the squad everytime it is announced and is hoping that the lack of defensive midfielders in the Seleção could provide an opportunity for the Porto star.
“I always check when the team is announced and I’m still hopeful,” he told Fifa.com. “I get letters from fans and they ask me about the national team, and all I can say is that I’m going to keep on working. I get a lot of exposure here in Europe but not in Brazil because I left home early.
“I play like a European now and not at all like a Brazilian holding midfielder. There aren't [defensive midfielders] any in Brazil, which could work in my favour and that is why I’m still hopeful of getting my chance.
"I get the feeling he’s going to need one soon. I think defensive midfielders bring balance to any team, like Gilberto Silva and Dunga did before.”